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Table 4 Feeling incapable of participating in decision-making

From: Patient perspectives on engagement in decision-making in early management of non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome: a qualitative study

“You have to realize that after you have a heart attack you barely know your name, you have no memory, you’re scared, everything up there is scrambled – you’re in total disbelief (that you’ve had a heart attack)”… “there are very few decisions that you can make that would be the right ones” (Participant 18).

“They took the decision away from me, and I’m glad as that reduced my stress” (Participant 11)

“You don’t have a lot of time – your body is not giving you lot of time for decisions before things go wrong so you trust them to make the right decisions” (Participant 18).